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Lot #5047
Apple Newton MessagePad 120 (Newton 2.0 OS)

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Estimate: $200+
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A Newton MessagePad 120 by Apple Computer with Newton 2.0 operating system, built-in 2MB of RAM, 8MB of ROM, a 20-MHz ARM 610 RISC processor, and more. The MessagePad comes with the original box and its featured accessories, including a stylus, four AA alkaline batteries with cases, adapter cords, and the handbook. In fine condition, with some wear to the box. The Newton MessagePad was one of the first series of handheld systems, or PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), to attempt to recognize natural handwriting and use a basic form of artificial intelligence to 'tie' relevant information together.

Despite releasing just a year and a half after the first MessagePad shipped in 1993, the 120 was already the fourth model Apple made. Code-named ‘Gelato,’ the MessagePad 120 followed the original Newton MessagePad, the MessagePad 100, and the MessagePad 110. The vastly superior Newton OS 2.0 corrected many of the problems associated with the first model, most significantly, the utilization of Rosetta and ParaGraph handwriting software (the first for printed text, the second for cursive).

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Apple, Jobs, and Computer Hardware
  • Dates: #644 - Ended August 18, 2022